Ad Hoc MA in Digital Humanities

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The McGill Centre for Digital Humanities and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, offers a new Ad Hoc MA in Digital Humanities, beginning fall 2016. The program is grounded in the computational study of art, culture, history, society, and technology. It brings together different fields of inquiry under a larger methodological domain, one that centres on the application of computational analysis toward the understanding of human culture. Whether it is the study of art, architecture, film, television, history, language, literature, media, music, or politics, what characterizes the Ad Hoc MA in Digital Humanities is a focus on learning various methods for the computational study of these phenomena as well as a critical look at the effects of computing on scholarship.

The program emphasizes course work in the areas of cultural theory, cultural analytics, and data visualization and culminates in a thesis and/or digital project. Graduates will have engaged in theoretical debates about different forms of cultural expression (film, literature, music, etc.) as well as practical and hands-on debates about applying and developing computational tools to better understand these phenomena. Graduates will be at home in and critically engaged with the increasingly digital nature of economic, social, and cultural life. Prior knowledge of programming languages is essential and should be well-described in the application.

Program Advisor:

Andrew Piper (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
cultural analytics; history of reading technologies; German and European literature
http://txtlab.org

Affiliated Faculty:

Jackie Cheung (School of Computer Science)
computational linguistics, natural language processing and understanding, language generation, literary summarization

Gabriella Coleman (Art History and Communication Studies)
hacking, digital politics, science and technology studies
http://gabriellacoleman.org

Ichiro Fujinaga (Schulich School of Music)
music information retrieval, machine learning, digital libraries
https://ddmal.music.mcgill.ca

Benjamin Fung (Library and Information Science)
data mining, integration, and sharing, information network mining, privacy protection, information security
http://dmas.lab.mcgill.ca/fung/

F. Jamil Ragep (Institute of Islamic Studies)
Ancient Arab texts, databases, data mining, digital imaging
http://islamsci.mcgill.ca/RASI/

Cecily Raynor (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
Latin American blogosphere, digital readership, web analytics, text mining
https://cecilyraynor.wordpress.com/about/

Derek Ruths (School of Computer Science)
social media, text mining, network modeling, large-scale data analysis
http://networkdynamics.org

Stefan Sinclair (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
text analytics, data visualization, DH history, Oulipo
http://www.voyant-tools.org | http://www.stefansinclair.name

Jonathan Sterne (Art History and Communication Studies)
sound studies; media theory and historiography; science and technology studies; new media; multimodal scholarship; disability studies; music.
http://sterneworks.org

For more information please see the full regulations at https://www.mcgill.ca/digital-humanities/teaching/ma-digital-humanities. Be advised departments have the right to retain pre-requisites for complimentary courses; students should contact course instructors directly to assess whether they have sufficient background in a discipline.